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"The Healing Poles"
9-11 Memorial

ó [Historic Congressional Cemetery] ó
 
The Healing Poles Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 23, 2010
1. The Healing Poles Memorial Marker
 
Inscription.
Peace – War
[Rendering of the Healing Totem Poles] Liberty - Freedom


SOVEREIGNTY
The cross piece at the top carries two eagles: Peace, a female, faces east; War, a male, faces west. The eagles are symbols of courage and great vision, held up by the strength and endurance of the bears, reminding us that as we move forward with courage as a united people, we must use our great vision to make the right choices to protect our liberty and freedom.

A male bear [carving on pole at left] represents Father Sky above the Grandfather Sun.

A female bear [carving on pole at right] represents Mother Earth above the Grandmother Moon on the Turtleís shell.

The Symbolism in the Poles begins with its basic structure, a framework representing a house, reminding all Americans that we live under one roof; we are one family. The colors red, yellow, black, and white are united in these poles, representing the four races here in America.

A Healing Pole is a celebration of culture that connects the past and present. While it may commemorate a tragedy or honor the dead its power reaches beyond the loss to actually touch each viewer with the power to heal grief.

“Native people know what grief is. We know what pain and suffering
 
The Healing Poles Memorial and marker (off walkway, right middle) Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 23, 2010
2. The Healing Poles Memorial and marker (off walkway, right middle)
 
is. But we also know how to put our arms around one another” Jewell James, Master Carver.

The Turtle is a representation of Turtle Island, a symbol often used for North America.
The Lummi carvers of Washington State felt a spiritual call to add the turtle to the healing pole as they were carving, but did not understand why they felt called to include this symbol.
It was not until the end of the 4,500 mile journey across the continent when the poles were delivered into the care of the Piscataway Tribe of Maryland, that the deeper connection was revealed: the Turtle is also the Piscataway clan symbol and the Anacostia riverbank was their homeland, where the Healing Poles now reside.

The Totemís Journey to Our Nationís Capital
"Freedom" & "Liberty" were carved from an old western red cedar, felled at the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington, by Jewell Praying Wolf James, master carver of the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Indian Nation, Billingham, Washington.

Created to help our Nation heal from the wounds of September 11, 2001, the poles made a spiritual journey of 4,500 miles across the country, stopping 13 times along the way for blessings from local Indian tribes.

The poles were temporarily raised for a welcoming ceremony at the Pentagon on September 19, 2004 and
 
The Healing Poles Memorial, viewed from the west Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 23, 2010
3. The Healing Poles Memorial, viewed from the west
 
then permanently upon these historic grounds on September 23, 2004, as part of the Cityís September 11 Memorial Grove.

[logo of the TKF Foundation:] “Open Spaces – Sacred Places”
 
Erected 2004 by TKF Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers with Artwork marker series.
 
Location. 38° 52.825′ N, 76° 58.792′ W. Marker is in Southeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Click for map. The memorial is in the western section of the Historical Congressional Cemetery off the Prout Street walkway, south of the TKF Foundation Garden, and west of Congress Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 E Street, SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Congressional Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); UH-IV Iroquois (approx. 0.6 miles away); F-16 Fighting Falcon (approx. 0.7 miles away); George Preston Marshall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Oldest Post of the Corps (approx. ĺ mile away); Healing the Wounded (approx. 0.8 miles away); Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Neighborhood For Everyone (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Southeast.
 
Also see . . .
 
The Healing Poles Memorial, view from behind, looking north Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 23, 2010
4. The Healing Poles Memorial, view from behind, looking north
 

1. About TKF Foundation. "Open Spaces, Sacred Places" (Submitted on January 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Congressional Cemetery - American Indian Tour. (Submitted on January 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Pentagon Presented 9/11 'Healing Poles' (2004). (Submitted on January 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. "Lummi 9/11 Healing Pole"; "Ward 6 September 11th Memorial"; American Indians; totem poles; Jewell James ("Indian" Name: tse-Sealth).
 
The Healing Poles Memorial, viewed from the north Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 23, 2010
5. The Healing Poles Memorial, viewed from the north
(Anacostia River, visible in background)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,029 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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